About the Facts

Facts are developed by our research team, screened by veteran editors, and verified by professional fact-checkers. The only agenda: be relevant and provocative.

 

A lot of potential facts don’t make it past the goalie.

In today’s political melee people abuse facts to serve their own ends. Here the facts get respect.

John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” We’re with him.

We never use news media reports as primary sources. We don’t do predictions. Survey opinions are in constant flux, so they’re no basis for facts. When stats or studies come from an organization with an agenda, we may cite them, but never as the sole basis for a whole. We go to source data and get assessments from our standing panels of expert advisors.

Researchers shepherding a fact through the process defend it to Face the Facts USA editors, directed by a former Associated Press Washington bureau chief. Each fact is filtered again when put to professional fact-checkers, and yet again whenever rewritten or cited in Face the Facts USA media.

When we publish a fact we share links to all pertinent sources so you can see how we know. The facts that survive really are, in Adams’ words, "stubborn things."